I’ve always believed long hair is less work and whoever said short hair was easier is a LIE and the truth isn’t in them! The very few times in my life that my hair was not long enough to form a decent ponytail were the hardest in my life to style my hair. I did not even feel like myself. Granted I’ve never had a pixie cut, but I have had short hair. Although I don’t feel as though my hair is long just yet, it is clearly longER and therefore much easier for me to maintain. For example, this year I’ve gone swimming in the middle of the week and simply washed, conditioned, air dried and pulled my hair back into a fabulous, thick bun. No heat, no tools, no styling required.
I think it is easier to have healthy hair when it is longer as well. I remember when my hair was shorter, I struggled not to use my flat iron every day to re-shape or re-curl my hair. It was not long enough to create a gentle curve after wrapping at night so I either had to wear rollers or pin curl it every night…which got old. Fast. Up until that point, I was never a person who used a hot tool everyday and never even considered doing it. Even now with my current short bob, although I love it, I’m frustrated with the amount of heat I have had to apply after working out or swimming to make it look great again.
So what was my reason behind the cut and why did I decide to do it? Beyond the natural desire for a new look, I was in desperate need of more shape to my hair and honestly, I had begun to get tired of the maintenance involved with long, natural hair. It became a task and I started to lose interest in the goal of “length.”
Whaaaaaa? Long hair was more of a task than short hair? I sat and thought long and hard about that statement because it seems so contrary to everything I believe! Then I had an epiphany. As much as I advocate that natural and relaxed haired women have so much in common…there are indeed some differences and this may be one of them. Short natural hair requires very little effort. No long detangling sessions and very little product. I’ve seen long haired naturalistas say time and time they miss the low maintenance of their TWAs and some even continually chop their hair off to keep it short. On the contrary, I think relaxed hair is much easier to maintain once it hits bra strap length and beyond. Two large cornrows ala Tracee Ellis Ross style looks like an amazing hairdo at those lengths. Unbraid and you’ll have fabulous waves. Buns are easier to do and honestly look better when your relaxed hair has a little bit of length to it. Overall…I think this may be one of the few differences between relaxed and natural hair. But then, this is just my opinion.
So what do you think of my revelation? Accurate or no? Do you find long or short hair harder to maintain?